As a taxpayer I am a firm advocate for appropriate and deliberate spending but I believe that making comparisons to Coweta County is not a fair comparison. The measure of spending versus number of students is worth noting but Fayette county continues to rank most of our schools is the top state performance rankings. Making any comparison between these counties must not be devoid of including that critical standard and the Boards performance should not be held outside of that measure.
Before anyone else makes the point, let me also point out that this is also one reason that our county is a desirable destination for families seeking the best education for their children. In the interest of looking at what brings people to our GREAT county...the "quality" of our children's educational opportunities and family values will bring the new and young families! These are the taxpayers that will help to defray the overall budget we are setting. The commitment we make to the educators (some of the lowest paid in these parts) and the advanced programs we offer our future generation can't be diminished for the sake of saving money. I agree we need to be responsible with our spending but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water.
Actually, it is the perception of the facts – For example, take the purchaser of a handgun who does not use it for sport (e.g., gun range, etc.). The statistical probability that this purchaser will accrue beneficence from the discharge of that handgun is extremely low. The chances of it being used for suicide, stolen, accidentally or impulsively discharged, mishandled by a child, waved recklessly, etc. far outdistance the likelihood that it will defend the owner from harm.
A pragmatist will look at this reality and factor it into the decision to purchase a handgun. An ideologue will discount this low probability, convince him/herself that the statistics are not applicable, and “buy the lottery ticket.” I’m not suggesting that it is wrong or illegal, merely that factual arguments carry little weight for ideologues.
I don't get it. If we have open borders and hundred of thousands of illegals go to our public schools, what does it matter for Fayette if a few more come in from other counties? (sarcasim folks).
I agree with you.
More on 8, What if 8 families used the same address to enter the school of their choice? What if 8 families used the same address/Post Office to send in absentee ballots for the candidate of their choice? What if? Is voter registration, local landlords, and school admin prepared to monitor the crafty game of numbers used by unethical well trained bullies? The People are awakening to all the smooth moves being play on em. . . . . . . .
When you discover fraudulent residency throw the book at them. When a few squatters get criminal charges plus a fine plus restitution to the county the price gets high enough to keep em in Fulton and Clayton.